KQED Radio Staff
Host and Reporter, The California Report
Scott Shafer did not travel a straight career line to KQED. He started his radio news career with KPFA in Berkeley, KFBK in Sacramento and KOIT in San Francisco.
He left radio for a few years (or rather, radio left him after format changes where he worked) and plunged into the world of politics, a.k.a. "the dark side." From 1988 to 1992, Scott served former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos as Press Secretary, and later worked for then-State Controller Gray Davis as Chief of Staff. After a stint as a political consultant, he returned to journalism at KQED 88.5FM in 1998.
As host and correspondent of the statewide California Report, Scott reports on a wide range of topics, from military and veterans issues to health care and gay marriage. He's won many awards for excellence, including ones from Public Radio News Directors (PRNDI), the Society for Professional Journalists and the Center for California Studies at California State University, Sacramento. He also hosts the "Health Dialogues" series on important health issues facing our state.
When he's not at work Scott stays active swimming, playing water polo and biking. He also loves to travel. Of the many places he has visited his favorite destinations are Spain, Italy and Mexico.
Email Scott: firstname.lastname@example.org
Call Scott: (415) 553-2255
Stories (299 archives)
California immigrants who've had minor brushes with the law will benefit from a state Supreme Court ruling Thursday. The decision could make it easier for some to avoid deportation.
More than a quarter-million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated for post-traumatic stress disorder, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, but younger vets aren't the only ones dealing with it. Even today, veterans from conflicts as far back as World War II struggle with symptoms.
Hours before the Supreme Court issued its rulings, hundreds of people streamed into San Francisco City Hall -- where jumbo screens were set up to broadcast the news. Couples there say they look ahead to when the marriages can begin again.
The nation is waiting for the U.S. Supreme Court to announce the fate of Proposition 8, California's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriage. Court watchers say there are many possible outcomes, but there appears to be little appetite among the justices for a momentous decision in support of same-sex marriage.
Later this year, California will open two new veterans homes in Redding and Fresno. But a new state audit questions how efficiently the Department of Veterans Affairs is managing six existing homes. The audit suggests ways to boost revenue without increasing state funding.